Whaling boat on the ocean among floating ice.

Information for Members:
culture and climate

This exhibition is now closed.

The British Museum is temporarily closed, following the latest government advice.

Due to the national lockdown and closure of the Museum, the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate will unfortunately be unable to reopen. If you've made a booking to visit the exhibition, please rest assured that no further action is needed to cancel this.

We've created this page of digital content, including a curators' tour of the exhibition, to allow you to see as much of the exhibition as possible from home. However, we appreciate that this will not offer the same experience as visiting the exhibition and we apologise for any disappointment caused by the closure.

The Museum's ability to generate income has been severely affected by the pandemic and Members' contributions and donations have been a lifeline over the past year. Thank you again for being a Member.

This year Members can look forward to exhibitions on the murder of Thomas Becket, the infamous emperor Nero and Ancient Peru, and we look forward to announcing dates for our 2021 exhibition programme in due course.

If you're not receiving our emails, please contact the Membership Office at friends@britishmuseum.org

Curators' tour of Arctic: culture and climate

Curators' tour of the Citi exhibition 'Arctic: culture and climate'

Explore Arctic

From ancient mammoth ivory sculpture to modern refitted snow mobiles, the objects in this immersive exhibition reveal the creativity and resourcefulness of Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic. Developed in collaboration with Arctic communities, the exhibition celebrates the ingenuity and resilience of Arctic Peoples throughout history. It tells the powerful story of respectful relationships with icy worlds and how Arctic Peoples have harnessed the weather and climate to thrive.

The dramatic loss of ice and erratic weather caused by climate change is putting unprecedented pressure on Arctic Peoples, testing their adaptive capacities and threatening their way of life.

What happens in the Arctic will affect us all and this exhibition is a timely reminder of what the world can learn from its people.

‘Long ago people knew something was going to happen to this earth. How they knew it, I don't know. An Elder mentioned in the 1940s that this climate is going to change. They meant climate change.’

– Martha Snowshoe, Teetl'it Gwich'in

Exhibition supporters

Lead supporter

Citi logo

We believe that by understanding the past, we all have the opportunity to define the future. No one brings the past to life like the British Museum, whose permanent collection is one of the finest in existence, spanning two million years of human history. With the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate the Museum used its collection to ‎demonstrate how human resilience and ingenuity have helped the inhabitants of the Arctic region to survive and thrive. However, the exhibition also highlighted the challenge that we all face with the changing climate. 

It is a challenge that we must all address and, as a global bank, we play an essential role in financing a sustainable economy. We are committed to financing and facilitating clean energy, infrastructure and technology projects that support environmental solutions and reduce the impacts of climate change, on rich and diverse communities such as those that inhabit the circumpolar Arctic. 

Supported by

Julie and Stephen Fitzgerald

Julie Fitzgerald and Stephen Fitzgerald AO are proud to support the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate, which celebrated the rich and diverse cultural legacy of the Arctic people.

‘We were interested in the innovative and creative ways that Arctic people have adapted to varied climates and frozen weather conditions for nearly 30,000 years, and we wanted to help shed light on these amazing histories. The changing climate is an issue close to our hearts, and we are thrilled to be a part of this exhibition.’

Julie and Stephen are longstanding supporters of the British Museum’s work, including recent exhibitions Reimagining Captain Cook: Pacific Perspectives and Desire, Love, Identity: exploring LGBTQ histories. Their charitable work covers a wide range of causes, including Stephen's role as a Director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Supported by

AKO Foundation logo

AKO Foundation was set up in 2013 by Nicolai Tangen, CEO and Founder of AKO Capital, a native Norwegian who lives in the UK. Funded with a total of more than £300 million, the Foundation supports initiatives within the arts, education and climate.

AKO Foundation has already undertaken a range of exciting projects with the British Museum. In 2019, the Foundation supported the exhibition Edvard Munch: love and angst and was the sole supporter of the 2020 library of exile installation by Edmund de Waal. AKO Foundation is also instrumental in establishing the new Kunstsilo Museum in Kristiansand, Norway, which will house the largest collection of modernist Nordic art.

Contact the Membership Office

The Membership Office will remain open while the Museum is closed to the public. Please note we'll be working remotely and will not be contactable by phone.

Get in touch via email at friends@britishmuseum.org and we'll respond to your query as soon as possible.

Visit the Membership FAQs for the latest information.